When the days get shorter and the nights get darker quicker, I tend to go into hibernation mode a little and spend as much time as possible in bed. Sometimes, despite getting to bed early, I can struggle to switch off and actually fall asleep. One of the key reasons for this was our mattress. It was fairly old and quite soft and saggy, and I just couldn’t get comfortable on it. We were recently sent a Leesa mattress and the difference has been amazing. These are five things I have found to help improve my sleep this Autumn.
Find the Right Mattress
As I mentioned, finding the right mattress for you is so important. You are asleep for one third of your life on average, so it pays to invest in a mattress that is not only comfortable but also supports you properly to provide a good nights sleep. From the moment we received the Leesa mattress I was impressed. It comes vacuum packed for convenience, so instead of having to navigate a cumbersome mattress up the stairs, it was really simple to unpack and fit. Once on the bed, we knew it would be a game changer. You can really tell by the look and feel the quality of the mattress compared to our old brand.
Having now had it for around four weeks, I am so pleased with it and have definitely noticed an improvement in my sleep patterns. I don’t tend to wake up in the early hours of the morning anymore and I am falling to sleep easier to start with.
Ed is really happy with the mattress as well. It is slightly firmer than our last mattress, and the 3 foam layers work to make the mattress as comfortable as it is supportive. Ed does a lot of running and recently competed in a local half marathon, and he commented on how much better he slept that night thanks to the mattress, which moulds to your body and really works at supporting you whilst you sleep. The sturdiness of the mattress is also brilliant for us as parents, as it should withstand any children jumping on it when we aren’t looking.
As well as making fantastic mattresses, Leesa are very much about giving back and donate one mattress to charity for every ten sold as well as planting a tree for every mattress sold.
Get a Sleep Spray
I am a total sleep spray convert these days. The lavender really helps me to calm down at bedtime, and as I use it every night, my mind now associates it with sleep, helping me to switch off and unwind as my head hits the pillow.
Leesa sent over one of their new Leesa pillows with our mattress and I swear, the combination of the spray and the pillow has worked wonders for helping me to nod off. The pillow has a memory foam middle and is even temperature regulating, providing the same comfort and support as the mattress.
For something so supportive, it is surprisingly soft and felt great even before we put a pillow case on it. Ed has actually since stolen the pillow from me as it is just so comfortable and a lot thicker and supportive than our others. I will be ordering another one so we don’t have to fight over it but for now I’ve let him have it as it seems to be encouraging a deeper sleep which means less snoring – a win for me!
Choose Reading Over Scrolling
It is so important for your wellbeing to physically switch off devices at the end of the day. Ideally you should be screen-free for at least an hour before bedtime. To avoid temptation, I have started charging my phone in another room as it was all too tempting to pick it up and have a quick scroll before I closed my eyes, which effectively wakes you right back up again. Instead, I have been reaching for a good book before going to sleep and, not only does it mean I am finally getting through my huge pile of books to read, it also helps me to get outside of my own head for a bit and escape to another world.
Cosy up by Candlelight
Another way I have been attempting to switch off at night this season is by lighting a scented candle instead of using a harsh bedside lamp. I find it really makes our bedroom feel so much cosier and welcoming, especially as the days get colder. Ed and I don’t get a lot of time together, so it’s really nice to properly relax and unwind in bed together at the end of the day.
Get it All Out
Occasionally, despite my best efforts, I can still struggle switching off completely when my head hits the pillow. My thoughts can mill around in my head without anywhere to go. Rather than reaching for my phone to make a note, I have been picking up a pen and writing in a notebook instead. I find that getting everything out and down on paper can really help me to turn the noise down, and I get to sleep a lot easier after I have written my thoughts out.
If you would like to purchase a Leesa Mattress for yourself, use code EVENANGELSFALL to get £100 off the cost of the mattress. Leesa also offer a 100 night risk free trial with your purchase so you can really fall in love with your mattress!
This is a sponsored post, however all words, opinions and images are my own.